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720A04 Philosophy of science



  1. What is an ad hoc hypothesis? Give and example of such a hypothesis, and explain why science always should strive to do without ad hoc hypotheses.
  2. Give an account of the covering law theory of explanation, and discuss some of the main difficulties with that theory.
  3. Describe Kuhn's theory of the development of science. Do you think it is a good picture of how science progresses, or would you like to revise Kuhn's picture in some way?
  4. What are the most important problems with inductivism as a theory of how science is to be conducted?


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Deadline: Monday June 14

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